World Class Gymnastics added two more titles to its impressive collection of state team championships on Saturday and Sunday in Richmond.

The Level 10s for the Newport News-based gym won their fourth team title in the past seven years and the Level 9's their fourth title in the past five years at the Level 8, 9, and 10 State Championships. The defending-champion Level 8s placed fourth this time.

Taylor Harrison, competing in the 16-year-old age group, stood out for the World Class 10's with wins on vault (9.6) and floor (9.7).

Other individual champs included Kiera Brown, 17, on bars (9.7), Bridget Steffen, 17, on beam (9.55), and NaTori Robinson, 13, on beam (9.325) and floor (8.4).

The defending-champion World Class 10's, representing the highest level of competition at the meet, finished with a score of 114.325. Capital Gymnastics placed second with 113.825 points and Excalibur third with 113.400.

Taylor LeMoal, 16, Taylor Miezejeski, 13, and Lily Olson, 10, led the Level 9's with all-around titles. LeMoal came through with wins on vault (9.375), beam (9.325) and floor (9.475) en route to taking the all-around crown with a score of 36.875.

Olson topped her AA score (37.175) with wins on bars (9.575), beam (9.575) and floor (9.325).

Miezejeski, 37.175 in the AA, headed her individual performances with a first on bars (9.325).

As a team, the 9's scored a comfortable win with 113.500 points. Capital took second (112.400) and Gymstrada third (111.975).

On Level 8, Kristen Williamson, 16, Bria Hill, 17, and Lexi Mills, 11, made excellent showings. Williamson was a winner on floor (9.475), Hill first on floor (9.3), and Mills tied for the top score on vault (9.225).


Amanda Carner, rated one of the top high-school swimmers in the country, showed her multiple talents and endurance at the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals that ended a five-day run in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday

The Coast Guard Blue Dolphins' standout made her best showing in the 400-meter individual medley, placing fourth, and in the 200 backstroke, placing fifth. Those are two events for which she had already earned qualifying times for the U.S. Olympic trials this summer.

In the 400 IM, the 18-year-old Carner was timed in 4 minutes and 50.27 seconds while in the 200 back she was clocked in 2:15.80.

The Daily Press Girls Swimmer of the Year also placed sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:21.77), 11th in the 200 IM (2:21.37), 12th in the 200 butterfly (2:18.38), and 23rd in the 100 back (1:07.12).

The Blue Dolphins made their strongest showing in the 200 back. Behind Carner came Madison Hahn, currently in an unattached status with the team, in ninth place in 2:14.55 and Maryelizabeth Warhol 12th in 2:16.73.

Hahn, 17, also placed ninth in the 50 back (29.73) and 10th in the 100 back (1:03.16).

Hahn had previously qualified for the Olympic trials in the 100 back and Warhol in the 200 back.

Other top Blue Dolphin performances came from Charley Bowles, 17th in the 400 IM (4:34.97); Warhol, 17th in the 100 back (1:03.95); and James Kegelman, 19th 100 breaststroke, 1:06.92, and 20th in the 200 breast, 2:26.71.